Textured Beads, mini tutorial
I have been admiring peoples textured beads for some time and wanted to make some of my own. I tried rolling beads on some rough sandpaper but there wasn’t enough texture and I kept rolling the texture I made off and getting bits of sand on my beads – not good. I asked for help from some more experienced clayers – on PCC forum and I also emailed some people direct who had photos of textured beads on flickr. Many people were very generous sharing their techniques – I love the polymer clay world!
Bettina suggested rolling beads between two pieces of rough sandpaper in your palms but I wasn’t happy with my sandpaper. I will try that when I have some coarser, clean sandpaper.
The suggestion I am currently using is from Ayelet (you may remember I reviewed her Ayelet Beads tutorial sometime back). I have prepared a mini tutorial for you (although I am sure you could all work it out without the pictures, I had the camera handy). Enjoy!
To make round textured beads you need, a ball of clay, a rough surface (here a nutmeg grater) and something to pierce a hole (a needle tool)
Roll the beads around on a textured surface (in this case a nutmeg grater)
Check for bald bits 😉 Reapply to the grater starting with the bald spot
Once pierced run it over the grater again to rough up any smooth spots you made whilst piercing